Earlier this month, I was up in Kuala Lumpur, once again visiting TES — my old friend and partner in youthful crime.
This time, there was a distinct difference: the usual pack of dogs she keeps came and went in the sitting and dining rooms as well as TES’ super large back kitchen — something unusual! Because whenever I visited in the past, the whole pack would be banished to to the backyard or the garden to keep them away from me, as recorded here.
The latest visit saw us — ie the doggies and moi — sharing the same space all the time I was there — except for my bedroom, which remained a strong no-no to the four-legged ones!
Sure, the doggies have gone down in number to just four. In longer times past, there used to be seven or eight. And further back, there were two large German sheperds as well. But that was when TES’ hubby was still alive.
He has gone for 12 years, TES said which caused me to say the usual trite but true thing: how time flies 🙄
And the oldest Yorkshire terrier, Fiji, surviving from the brood he gave her in 1994 is 18 this year. Another from the same brood, Radar, is 16! Doggone it, in human terms they would be 126 and 122 years old respectively!
They are blind and tired and not in the mood to bother visitors! That explains why I was largely ignored.
As for the two larger dogs, they too are past their prime, with Molly at 10 and Tammy at around 6.
Hence I was able to tolerate their presence — even to the extent that I shared one piece of a plump pastry filled with lotus paste and salted egg yolk with Tammy when she looked at me hungrily. Not the healthiest tidbit to give a dog but since she’s already middle-age, it won’t harm to indulge a little.
In the tranquility of my own home back in SG, I’ve been wondering: if the pets that my best friend owns are already in their dotage, what does that say about our chronological age, no matter how doggedly we try to avoid thinking about the subject!
Still, i won’t boo hoo.
A huge balance in years isn’t the destiny of everyone. Those of us blessed with such a stockpile must gratefully say bow wow 😀 😆